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Pennsylvania attorney general will drop woman's assisted-suicide case in father's death

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 24 2014 05:46:17 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 05:51:53 PM CST
Joe Yourshaw - Barbara Mancini
PHILADELPHIA -

Pennsylvania's attorney general won't appeal a ruling that clears a nurse of assisted-suicide charges in her elderly father's death.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane still defends the failed prosecution of Barbara Mancini in the death of Mancini's 93-year-old father.

Kane said Mancini's statement about passing her father a bottle of morphine provided "legitimate" grounds for a criminal case, but she said there's not sufficient evidence without the statement, which was deemed inadmissible.

Mancini has called the prosecution unjust. She has support from Compassion & Choices, a national group that supports aid in dying.

Her father, Joe Yourshaw, was in hospice care when he died last year at his Schuylkill County home.

Kane said her office must enforce the law. She said that critics should take up their concerns about assisted suicide with lawmakers.